Tory Pereira- Sepsis Survivor
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May 2016 was the exciting month I finally got to move back home to Statesboro! I texted Skyler and we went to eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant, El Sombrero! I had never gone to Compassion on a Sunday before but when I was in recovery I longed to go to church. I had never felt that feeling before.
While I was in the hospital things were going wrong all the time and I was so scared. The only time I felt peace was when I prayed and whenever someone would come in my room to pray and talk about Jesus with me. I prayed every night with my healing stones and my healing blanket wrapped around me. I prayed every time I was scared. I prayed every time something awesome happened. Every time I prayed I could feel the Lord with me and the best word to describe the feeling is peace.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
When Skyler and I were at dinner I told her I wanted to join her at church on Sunday! The first Sunday I went, I was so excited to hear her and Andrew sing and be around other people who love Jesus. Everyone there welcomed me with open arms and open hearts! I felt at home. Ever since that Sunday, going to church is now apart of my routine. Sundays are my favorite day. I love going to church to sing and learn about our amazing Lord. I didn’t have these feelings before my accident, I didn’t know what I was missing.
The first time I watched a baptism it was so powerful and it spoke to me. I’m not the same person I was before my accident and I’m not chasing the Old Tory anymore. At that moment I knew I wanted to commit my life to Jesus Christ, to be forgiven for all my sins and to continue walking in His path. I told Skyler and she was so happy for me and that was the moment she told me I was her ONE!!! That was a very special moment for us.
On December 18, 2016 was the special day I was baptized by my amazing friend Skyler Frazier! That was the day I committed my life to Jesus and I have not felt more alive!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11
Skyler Frazier on the left, Tory on the right. "Perfect love casts out fear" <3
I may never know the reason why or how my duodenum perforated but sometimes God doesn't intend to give you the answer. The perforation in my stomach isn't the point of my story. The point of my story is, once I was lost and now I am found. I once strayed away and now I am saved. God might not ever give me an answer to my accident but he answered my prayers.
I may not have always attended church every Sunday but ever since I was a young girl I have always prayed every night before bed. I am very thankful for everything in my life and I tell the Lord through my prayers. Since I was young, I have prayed and prayed every night for God to guide me down His path. He took my hand when I was fighting for my life, and He saved me. Now I am walking down the path He chose for me and I could not feel more alive.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” - James 1:2-3
Thank you so much for reading my blog and following my Septic Shock Story! It is my passion to raise awareness of SEPSIS! I hope y'all had a good holiday weekend, have a blessed week :)
Peace and Love,